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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at River Bend Music Center on 1985-06-24 (June 24, 1985)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: June 24, 1985 (check for other copies)
Venue: River Bend Music Center
Location: Cincinnati, OH

Source: SBD > Cassette Master > PCM > DAT > CD
Lineage: CD > EAC > Cool Edit Pro v2.0 > Samplitude v7.02 Professional > SHN. Transferred and Edited By Charlie Miller
Keywords: Live concert


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Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, They Love Each Other, Minglewood Blues, Tennessee Jed, My Brother Esau, Loser, Let It Grow Iko Iko-> Samson & Delilah-> He's Gone-> Smokestack Lightning-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> Comes A Time-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin', E: U.S. Blues

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SBD > Cassette Master > PCM > DAT > CD; Transfer: CD > EAC > Cool Edit Pro v2.0 > Samplitude v7.02 Professional > SHN. Transferred and Edited By Charlie Miller
charliemiller87@earthlink.net

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Average Rating: 4.67 out of 5 stars4.67 out of 5 stars4.67 out of 5 stars4.67 out of 5 stars4.67 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: lstern62 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 2, 2014
Subject: Alive in 1985
I was at this show and a majority of the tour. After so many years and over 400 shows I've forgot about this tour until rediscovering this gem on Archeive.org. Thanks very much to the recording community and Archeive.org not only for this gem of a recording but for helping to keeping all that is good alive. Without this community great art, of all kind, would be forgot.
As for this show, what a great surprise. Good O'l G-Dead were on all cylinders as well as Healy which may or may not have been ultimately been a good thing. After 1985 I think the Dead severed ties with Dan.
Without giving a song by song review I would like to express my joy upon hearing this show again after so many years. The sound instantly brings be back to the great state of Ohio, a heaping portion of Skyline Chili while watching the sun begins its surrender to a beautiful star filled sky.
Many shows follow but i do not recall another tour that consistently delivered on all cylinders like the summer of '85. I miss you, thanks for the memories.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 24, 2013
Subject: --
I agree with David below - this show is so....animated.....cartoon-like. And in a good way! A lot of '85 shows have that weird, exciting vibe to them.

The highlights are numerous, and nothing is slacking....but give it up for that Cryptical suite, with Drums and Comes a Time sliding into the back half of the Other One jam just as easy as you please....how perfectly **cinematic**!

Jerry is in his red-shirted, jolly-old-doped-up-Santa-Claus-in-June-mode, voice akimbo, but damn if he isn't the most energetic guy in the place! Lightning in a bottle, folks.
Reviewer: kee-zee - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 25, 2013
Subject: Down in the valley of the shadow
The summer of 85' kicked ass..This show is a prime example..Nice sound quality but not the best that I've listened too from this run..High energy from start to finish with a powerful 2nd set..so please GIVE IT A WHIRL!
Reviewer: dlj - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 23, 2012
Subject: Lets Get Weird..
Weird and Good.. Just a great night and the Vibe is thick on this one.. Jerry still H'd out but hes got major energy and the licks from Jer,Bob and Phil are all really interesting and cohesive.. Some of these shows from the summer of 85(Jerry was slow kicking I guess) are so truly weird and funky.. Some of the last of the real deep trippy shows imo.....
Reviewer: dupree413 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 23, 2012
Subject: 6/24/85
One of the top 3 shows of '85 (or '85 and '86 for that matter).

Great song selection by Jerry. Energy and X factor off the charts. Newly busted out Cryptical segued nicely ( I read that Jer never felt like he got the song quite right this year) w/ The Other One and Wharf Rat.

This was imho the final pinnacle for the GD. I know there were good shows after this year - but the boys never captured the energy (despite Jerry's health) that went into the '85 shows, particulary the summer/fall tour. 5 Stars
Reviewer: darkstarcrashes_79 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 3, 2012
Subject: easily one of the best tours i went on
these June 85 shows kicked plus wasn't too far from home stopped in to see my folks lol but anyway this show i'll remember the Loser alot all the energy that jerry put into it and Let It Grow to close was kickin too then a fer sure kickin iko thought fer sure they were comin outta space with TOO but Comes a Time not the best but good and really unexpected by me anyway a real decent Wharf Rat then it was on to the next killer show @ Blossum gr8 show gr8 tour gr8 sbd gr8 times 4of5 easy more like 4.75
Reviewer: StanleeMouse - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 26, 2011
Subject: Brent & Jerry
Jerry's guitar playing being at it's peak and connection with Brent really blisters on this summer Evening...

Outstanding Show!
Reviewer: RI Tom - - June 24, 2011
Subject: Second That Emotion
To follow up on Evan Hunt - donating to the archive is something everyone who enjoys its benefits should consider. I mean, really how unbelievable is it to have such an amazing universe of THE BEST MUSIC IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD at your fingertips?!?

A contrbution in their name Makes a great gift for Deadhead family and friends! Think about it!

Oh and this show already has me smiling on a cold rainy morning in New England!
Reviewer: micah6vs8 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 23, 2011
Subject: Pick of June '85
Blistering. Will elaborate.
Reviewer: babyblu - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 18, 2011
Subject: the single greatest dead show of the entire '80's
I was at this concert. I was 15. I saw alot of dead shows from'82-'92, and I think this was the single greatest dead show of the entire '80's. Taken in the aesthetic context of how they sounded then, this show was a divine triumph. and believe me, it felt that way then, not just in retro-spect.
Reviewer: DaneBramage - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 1, 2010
Subject: HOLY SMOKES(tack Lightning)!!!
In my experience with Dead shows, they often tailored their sets to the venue, area or weather...and this is a prime example. We drove up to Cincinnati from Lexington,Ky, enjoying a beautiful sunny summer afternoon. Riverbend Ampitheater is set up so you can see the boats behind the stage and are looking across the river into Ky. 1st set the weather was perfect...then the storm clouds built up across the river. A torrential rain storm began during the break, with cloud to ground lightning strikes that made us wonder if the Dead would come back out at all. Of course, they did, during the hardest part of the rain for a scare the bejeezus out of you 2nd set. Enough has been said about the songs themselves, but the circumstances surrounding their performance is what stands out to me. I mean, when they sang "if I had my way, I would tear this whole building down" in Samson, they meant it! It seemed as if they were egging on the storm, daring it to do its worst...thundering drums echoing the actual thunder.And they wanted more. Smokestack Lightning during lightning...I mean come on!!!! Then Cryptical (REALLY?!?!) I remembered the Drums>Space as a frightening experience. WOW!!! You will be hard pressed to find a better show than this, in my opinion. Dick's Picks/Vault are you hearing me?
Reviewer: RISteve - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 16, 2010
Subject: Killer 2nd Set
I saw both Alpine shows and the Blossom show - but have regretted skipping this one for years! Yeah Jerry's vocals are not the greatest, but still Iko, Smokestack, Cryptical, Come a Times ... I'm still crying....

Put this 2nd set with the first set from Blossom the next night and you'd really have something.
Reviewer: corby112 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 14, 2010
Subject: Let It Grow!
Another awesome show from June '85! Things get off to a hot start with Alabama Getaway>Greatest story that i filled with energy. A good sign of things to come. A standard They Love Each Other is followed by an excellent version of Minglewood that has some remarkable soloing from Garcia. The other highlight of the first set and possibly the brightest spot of the show is the set closing Let It Grow. This version is ferocious and possibly in the top five all time. It simply has to be heard to be believed.

The second set starts off with a very nice Iko that segues into a scorching Samson. Again Garcia is o fire and he nearly tears the building down. This is followed by a soulful rendition and a short but always welcome Smokestack. The biggest surprise of the event occurs when they bust out Cryptical, only the second time played since '72(the first being busted out on 6-15). The momentous occasion outweighs the actual performance of the song, which is very short lived before Drums comes along. The boys hint at Other one but instead go into a very nice version of Comes a Time which is always welcome. The Other One finally erupts out of Comes A Tie and it is a monster. This is primal Dead at it's best and sounds as if it could be from '69. Garcia is playing like a maniac. This is the highlight of the second set and shouldn't be missed. The jam flows into a short Cryptical reprise which in turn segues into a soulful Wharf Rat. Jerry's vocals aren't completely up to task but I've heard much worse. Three rockin numbers end the show.
Reviewer: John Bouffard - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 24, 2010
Subject: Summer 85
I was born about 2 years too late as my first show was right around the corner (4-3-86) but man I wished I had done this whole Summer with the Dead.
Terrific Loser and Wharfrat. I love Comes A Time here but the one from Ventura 7-13-85 is by far the best ever period. Incredible put your head phones on and crank it.
Reviewer: BIG_R - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 8, 2009
Subject: 6-24-85
Very strong performance. Nice remaster by Charlie. It starts of with the mix a little rough then turns into a crispy delight.
Reviewer: bobby33914 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 24, 2008
Subject: Awesome
Just listening to Jerry singing Alabama brings back all the wildness this show was about. I feel truly blessed to be among the people who could really give a shit if jerry forgets the lyrics
Reviewer: hseamons - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - September 2, 2008
Subject: TV sound
Why does this sound like there is a TV on. You know that subtle TV sound of a TV when it's on (without volume)? It sounds like this in the recording, and I can't handle it. Good show otherwise.
Reviewer: caslilbelz - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 28, 2008
Subject: great show
Love Bobby's verse in iko iko, still can't figure out what he's singing
Reviewer: DollarBillS - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - April 5, 2008
Subject: Now I cannot share your laughter...
Sorry, this show was just OK with me. I had high expectations after reading the other reviews, but after all the mistakes and multiple blown lyrics there is no way that this is five star Dead. Otherwise, five stars for the soundboard recording. You can almost hear the conversations between songs teasing each other about what they did wrong.

Again, sorry to those who were there and had a great time. Still beats the 90's by a long shot.
Reviewer: Chris U. - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 6, 2008
Subject: Bend Your Mind
One of the last of the great shows.

Is there a subsequent GSET that comes close to this one? No there isn't.

And I'm all over Healy's manipulations of the vocals. The guy was a genius.
Reviewer: pnc - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 5, 2008
Subject: good sound...
...great second set. among other things comes a time and wharf rat are pathos filled beauties.
Reviewer: Houjazi - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 4, 2008
Subject: Great Show
Wow, this is a great show. I'm more of a 70s guy myself, but this show really smokes. First off, the sound quality is superb. Jerry and Brent are absolutely locked in and synched up. The Albama Getaway and Samson & Delilah that open the show are fast and energetic.

The first set is good but the second set is on fire! Jerry starts tugging on the heart strings with a wrenching version of He's Gone, leading in to a sick Drums and Space, which I'm not normally a fan of, but there are some really cool forest sounds and animal chirps--trust me, the Space sounds absolutely pre-historic. This leads in to an awesome Other/Encryptical jam and then a killer Wharf Rat with Jer-Bear singing his fat little heart out.

All I can say is, get this show.
Reviewer: gratefuly deadicated - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 19, 2007
Subject: COMES A TIME !!!!!!
WOW, THE GRATEFUL DEAD, JERRY GARCIA BAND, RATDOG AND PHIL AND FRIENDS, THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST "COMES A TIME" YOU WILL HEAR , THERE ARE A FEW OTHER'S THAT COME TO MIND BUT BETWEEN THIS SONG AND THE SETLIST AND THE SOUND QUALITY OF THE SHOW, THIS TO ME MAKES THIS THE BEST VERSION AROUND , SO MANY WONDERING NIGHTS WITH THE BOY'S PLAYING IN THE BACK GROUND WHEN YOU FEEL SO LOST IN THIS LIFE AND YOUR QUESTIONING EVERYTHING THAT THIS LIFE HAS TO OFFER AND THE GREAT MEANING OF ALL THIS LIFE AND YOU JUST DONT SEE THE POINT IN NOTHING ANYMORE AND THEN YOU HEAR THE GRATEFUL DEAD IN ALL THERE GLORY SING THIS SONG, ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW, WOW, WOW !!! I FOUND I GOT AN EMPTY CUP THAT ONLY LOVE CAN FILL, PROBABLY WOULD HAVE NEVER LEARNED THIS IF IT WASN'T FOR THE BOY'S AND FOR THAT I AM FOREVER IN DEBT TO THE BOY'S, THE WAY OF LIFE THEY MADE FOR US AND THE CONTINUING LEARNING EXPERIENCE THAT STILL AMAZES ME TO THIS DAY, THAT I CAN PUT ON A SONG AND HEAR EVERYTHING A DIFFERENT WAY AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE AGIAN!! HAHAHA GOTTA LOVE THE BOY'S!! MISS YA JERRY, TAKE CARE OF MY BRO UNTIL I GET THERE FOR THE REAL PEACE!!! I NOW HAVE ABOUT 8TB OF GRATEFUL DEAD AND OTHER JAM BANDS AND THIS IS STILL BY FAR THE BEST COMES A TIME!!!

ANYONE EVER HEARD OF A VIDEO OF THIS SHOW PLEASE CONTACT ME AT THIS WEB ADDRESS

GRATEFULDEAD2778 AT YAHOOCOM
Reviewer: 73vw - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 26, 2007
Subject: camels, the water slide, strong black blotter
this WAS a kick ass show ! great spirit, strong playin, truly epic second set, thunder, crazy skies, the river, thats it for the other one...
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 25, 2007
Subject: UJB>PITB>USB Fumbling Their Way Into The Fire
I have heard Uncle John's Band, Playing In The Band and U.S. Blues a dozen times, in different shows, in the past two weeks listening to GD shows from off the Archives.org.

These songs finally grabbed my attention and I realized I was wrong about my previous apprehension.To dig. Them. But...

What a hideously sick and raunchy version of USB this is. Sloppy>mistakes>galore>ignore>brilliance. All that change all that fast. A presence that follows you around and gives you chase to rhythm.

The P.A. twinges during this show are Mr. Healy using the "effects" on vocals which eventually got him fired. I remained cloven-hoofed on this one, for I enjoyed Healy's colorizations on the vocals, yet I know it disturbed a lot of listeners.

However, I have not heard many of the shows of the 80's. Maybe Healy's histrionics wore thin fast. I don't know. Sounds like a possibility ~ if you have logged 400 plus shows during this time.

Frankly, 1985 is new territory for old Dead Heads like me.
And frankly, I surely do love what I hear.

I donate $25.00 to this organization on an annual basis. I encourage you to think it through and then to donate to keep the Archives.org up and running.

Thank you Archives.org. I am not ashamed to ask others to support you financially.

This is a really good and positive thing.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 17, 2007
Subject: SOOOOOOOOO ALIVE IN 1985!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EPIC, EXPLOSIVE, GODDAMN MASTERPIECE OF MUSICAL EXPRESSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These reviewers below are correct--this one is for the Vaults!!!! Alabama-get-it-going and she just don't stop!!! WHOA NELLY!!!!
Reviewer: yipyaw - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 2, 2006
Subject: yow
I love the archive for this. One of many great times on this tour. 85 was possibly the last year I really felt the vibe. After that I caught shows and toured a bit, but this was kind of my last monster tour. This show stands out as particularly ripping and emotional. Lost in America. God bless.
Reviewer: billymumphrey - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 18, 2006
Subject: Show of the tour
This is an excellent recording of perhaps the best overall show of the tour - from the opening alabama to the set closing loser>let it grow - the playing is exceptional and the second set is even better with a great iko and a seamless transition out of smokestack into cryptical - the wharf rat is one of the best I've heard - well worth the download.
Reviewer: mike lee - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 12, 2006
Subject: Mindbend in Cinci
I'd seen the dead 12 times before this show but i'd never walked away from a show so speechless and awestruck. my buddy and i had driven from the alpine shows and were struck dumb afterwards -- it was all we could do to just muster up a "wow" or "holy shit". can't recommend this more highly. comes a time simply garcia's vocals at their most exquisitely expressive.
mike lee - chicago
Reviewer: mrbill - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 19, 2006
Subject: A good 80's show
A good 80's show. I was delighted to hear Cryptical Envelopement but bummed that Cryptical Envelopement is screwed up in the streaming audio. Still worth listening to. Let it grow is very good.

The echo on their PA system is screwy but it doesn't interfere with the show.
Reviewer: David Bolewski - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 6, 2006
Subject: Wear your 3-D glasses for this show.
Drums..Unforgetable 'Space' ala acid tests. Jerrys Oriental jam out of Space is as good as it gets. The whole show is dark,dripping like a candle. Sounds like an opium den would look. The sound has a strange cartoon like feel..tasty..yum yum!!
Reviewer: chuck35 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 12, 2005
Subject: Great Board/Great Year
This whole week was crazy, wish I was there to experience it. Great Sound-Was Healy out sick?
5 Bears all around.
Reviewer: BeholdtheLambofGod - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 6, 2005
Subject: Rainy RiverBend
This was one of the first tapes I got of the Dead, and the first of 1985. We deadheads spend a lot of time trying to figure out why we love 1985. I still am not sure why, though it may have something to do with the Cryptical breakout that year, the soul-filled He's Gones', and the energy levels. To borrow a phrase from someone else, I have an irrational fondness for summer tour 1985. Fun, fun shows...warts and all.
Reviewer: BeholdtheLambofGod - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 6, 2005
Subject: Rainy RiverBend
This was one of the first tapes I got of the Dead, and the first of 1985. We deadheads spend a lot of time trying to figure out why we love 1985. I still am not sure why, though it may have something to do with the Cryptical breakout that year, the soul-filled He's Gones', and the energy levels. To borrow a phrase from someone else, I have an irrational fondness for summer tour 1985. Fun, fun shows...warts and all.
Reviewer: PUFFtronica - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 30, 2005
Subject: GOOD LOVIN' US BLUES
I love this show. This is one of the greatest examples of what The Grateful Dead are all about. Just one hell of an amazing sounds and awesome jams. The best versions of both Good Loving and US Blues I've ever heard!!! 5 STARS A+++
Reviewer: StreaminDemon - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 24, 2005
Subject: DING DANG!
This show has always been a standout fav for me...I wore this tape out when I got blessed with it. Jazzed to find it here, sounds great. I can hear the Dancing skeletons In the awesome IkO brew. Brent is on fire! From Aiko on, the music just flows like magic. Just listen to the Sampson intro, and you can see there is some fine explosive chemistry happening this night, keep listening, it does'nt tire. A unique GD show. Ding Dang! Grateful Dead!
Reviewer: Chrispy - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 24, 2005
Subject: It was 20 years ago today!
This was the first show I ÃÂÃÂgotÃÂÃÂ the Grateful Dead, so it holds a very special place for me. Got on the bus, hitched up to Cleveland for the next one. It is '85, and Jerry sings better than most nights that year. He is playing was pretty on, the band had strong energy all around. The HeÃÂÃÂs Gone, The Other One (Including 2 Cryptical Envelopment segments), and Good LovinÃÂÃÂ are the high moments from tape. My personal memories were of everything dissolving during Drums & Space, and Jerry bringing it all back together in that special way only he could during Comes A Time. Still brings shivers down my back! I do think the Chula Vista Comes A Time is tastier.

ItÃÂÃÂs a strong show for the time, and BobbyÃÂÃÂs ÃÂÃÂterrorist rap during Good LovinÃÂÃÂ is especially appropriate in these times.

IMHO, this was not the worst show ever, by a long stetch. There were better and much worse in the days to come. IÃÂÃÂd say the GarciaÃÂÃÂs last few shows before his coma and again before the end make him sound very vibrant and young in this high point of 1985, a manic moment in a bipolar year for the Dead.

I rate it 4 tabs.
Reviewer: MindBender65 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 3, 2005
Subject: Yeah
Playing They love each other was probably not the best choice, but the rest of the show is great. Cant convey how much I love cryptical envelopment, so glad they revived it.
Reviewer: crazycatpeekin - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 2, 2005
Subject: great show from great run
i was at the merriweather shows from this run, and i just listened to this show... it is killer.

despite the fact that jerry literally remembers about a quarter of the words of TLEO (painful), the sound is awesome and the playing thru the whole show is really tight and inspired.

post-space is absolutely great... super strong vocals from jerry... the comes a time is really powerful, and the rest of the set is on fire.

if you dig the 85 sound, this is a GREAT night!!
Reviewer: audioresearch - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 28, 2005
Subject: Quality from '85
In general, I know little of '85 and I place considerable weight on the quality of the reproduction.

Rolling the Dead's work and the archive's wonderfully vast material through Audio Research components and Thiel's on the front-end tends to reveal impoverished sources and low-brow mastering.

(Ever disappointing are those in the community that mistake overindulged tail ends for quality sound. I wish I had access to these people. I would consider it charity work to introduce them to the subtlety, balance, and integration of superior reproductionÃÂÃÂboth source and system. Or, perhaps, a step in the direction of medical work to diagnose damaged or deficient hearing.)

Nonetheless, it strikes me that you donÃÂÃÂt need to know much about ÃÂÃÂ85 to know that this night turned out about as best as could be imagined. WhatÃÂÃÂs more, itÃÂÃÂs not a final recording thatÃÂÃÂs ideal by any means, nor, at my guess, is the mastering--too much herky-jerky. However, thatÃÂÃÂs not entirely fair given my speculation as to what the source offered. BUT, you wonÃÂÃÂt find the machines or their users short of the capturing magic (unless your system is the corrupting influence). Makes me long for the days of recyclables and tv screens. This show captures a glance and with or without a finer sampling of your vice, promises to make it a dance.

It will reward your attention.
Reviewer: Reece - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 3, 2005
Subject: I Can't Help Myself!
I know a lot of people have reviewed this show but this one is just too good not to throw my two cents in!

This show, of course, features two of the recent bust-outs in Cryptical and Comes A Time, as well as (in my mind) the archetype Aiko as well as a scorchin' Samson and soul-tingling, deep He's Gone. But this show shines in places you'd least expect it - check out the Loser (Garica's lead just weeps for that poor bastard) and the, oh my god, Let It Grow. Garcia is doing his best Al DiMeola during Let It Grow. Seriously, Garcia's guitar on this one is spectacular. Jaw-dropping good! One of the first clues that this is one for the ages is the Minglewood (of all things), which they wring out with all their might.

Man, this is such a good show! One of the astonishingly good aspects of this night is Bob and Jerry's interplay. As amazing as Jerry is on this one, Bob is on the top of his game. His slide work on Samson (which you can really hear on this recording) is incredible. He's practically co-soloing with Garcia on the He's Gone and then pulls out the best Smokestack I have ever heard. Plus, the R&R blasts into my favorite post-Pig Pen Good Lovin' ever. For all the times Bobby's Good Lovin' or Lovelight rappin' left people scratching their head, this one he nails. This show just drips with energy and I never get tired of listening to it. "Push back, push back the night - that's right!"

This was my first show. I feel like I've seen some good shows in the subsequent 10 years, but this might be my favorite.

Back in the day, I had some great audiences of this night but this is the best recording I've heard!


This is worth 5 stars.
Reviewer: Pearly Baker - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 3, 2005
Subject: No Loser!
This show kicks ass, Jerry hitting on all cylinders here, best Loser & Comes A Time I've heard. A must have for any head especially those a fan of summer tour '85
Reviewer: masonschildren123 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 30, 2005
Subject: red hot
smokin show great sound,great alabama getaway to start the show,along with everything else already mentioned
Reviewer: masonschildren123 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 30, 2005
Subject: red hot
smokin show great sound,great alabama getaway to start the show,along with everything else already mentioned
Reviewer: zarah'sdad - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 24, 2005
Subject: EPIC OTHER ONE
Ditto what all the others have said. This is a definitive second set. Jerry has some of the most passionate singing I have heard from him. He's Gone is THE version of this song- somewhat upbeat with great vocals- and that funky feedback type stuff at the end of the song that sounds so good.

The Cryptical/Other One is EPIC EPIC!. Last third of Space has a nice little "Other One" tease that magically transforms into Comes A Time, again one of the best versions ever. Short Other One followed by the Crptical follow-up, closed off by a not bad Wharf Rat. Bobby brings it all back home with around and Good Lovin!

Can't find anything to complain about here!
Reviewer: oceantree - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 2, 2005
Subject: awesome later stuff
If you have trepidation about anything later than '77, open up to this show and you may begin to understand the jazzed-out technical brilliance that is the Latter-Day Dead...the Cryptical alone is to die for...too bad the discs don't split up more nicely...perfect sound, killer setlist, jaw-dropping performance...yeah, it's worth the download.
Reviewer: drkstrcrashes - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 8, 2004
Subject: TRIPPIN' ON THE RIVER!!!!@
If i remember correctly there was an amusement park with a water slide and wave pool adjacent to the areana. We had a great time during the day going down the water slide and hangin' in the lot. this was back when the lot scene was mellow and very cool just to hang. This was before the onslaught of nitrous too. There was however plenty of good 'L' to be had and many pertook (sp?). We got into the place during daylight. The place was like a mini Alpine with about 1/3 the lawn...not too big, not too small.
The 1st set was great. I remember a steamboat going past on the river which was just behind the stage. Hence the name River Bend. The Let it Grow was insane.
This was the 25th anniversay tour so they had the killer backdrop of the skeliton w/a gun (i think??. they had also broken out 'Cryptical' 3 shows earlier at the Greeks and then skipped it at Alpine. So there was a buzz in the air! We got the whole thing: Cryptical>drumz>space>comes a time> the other one>cryptical!!!! I was in ecstacy! Comes a time was rare for me back then too. I recall boogying my ass off & making friends with an usher who was having a great 'ol time watching us psychodelic dancers> This night the boyz were into their 'play it soft, play it psychodelic' mode and the drumz>space was creepy & scary!!
To me this show is a trip back to a more innocent time when all that mattered was getting to the next show! ENJOY!
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 7, 2004
Subject: Smokestack Lightning!
That's all you need to know. Top form on this version, and the set list speaks for itself.
Reviewer: jazzman28 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 6, 2004
Subject: Finally... Crisp to the Max
This show kicks ass... Smokes from begining to end... for the era at least... Thanks to Charlie Miller for all of these remasters! Keep em coming Charlie.
Craig in SF
Reviewer: jazzman28 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 6, 2004
Subject: Finally... Crisp to the Max
This show kicks ass... Smokes from begining to end... for the era at least... Thanks to Charlie Miller for all of these remasters! Keep em coming Charlie.
Craig in SF
Reviewer: Tod - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 6, 2004
Subject: Stellar SBD
Yes! This is the sbd recording of this show I've been searching for. I had a mildly hissy cassette copy which never got air time. Now I can listen to this great summer '85 show with pristine sonic clarity. Thanks Archive contributors!!!
Reviewer: Garcia87 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 5, 2004
Subject: Finally
Finally a nice and crisp SBD of a smokin hot show. this show is a must for any deadhead

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